Recipient of the 2017 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Stacey Levine

Stacey Levine

Nominated For: HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

 

Stacey Levine is co-founder and co-owner of Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy. Stacey works as a behaviour therapist, providing intervention for both children and adults. She graduated from the University of Carleton in 1999 and was trained in applied behaviour analysis and other behavioural methods.

Stacey has acquired extensive experience in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy through working with a diverse population in both clinical and community settings. Her education in psychology, behavioural management, behavioural counseling and intensive behaviour intervention as well as her varied work experiences provide her with the knowledge, skills and approaches to best meet the needs of her clients and families.

Stacey specializes in treating individuals with Brain Injuries, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurological and Developmental Disorders, and Psychiatric Disorders. She worked at Toronto Rehab Hospital for over 11 years in the in-patient acquired brain injury unit, and in the community for over 16 years. In 2015 and 2016 Stacey presented at the BIST caregiver workshop, and co-presented at the brain injury conference in 2014. She has also mentored and provided behaviour-training workshops to a number of therapists in her field.

Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy – www.journeyrehab.com

 

26 Comments
  • Tanya Zelyuk says:

    I am writing on behalf of Stacey Levine’s nomination. Stacey has been instrumental in guiding and mentoring me in a new career path. She has taken personal time out of her busy schedule to share her knowledge and understanding of working with people who have suffered a terrible loss (both physically and mentally). She does this because she truly wants to give back and share her knowledge. Her compassion for her work and dedication to her career is infectious . I have watched Stacey work with her patients. I am in awe of her positivity and I have seen first hand how her patients gravitate toward her positive energy. Stacey is someone who clearly wants to make a difference in people’s lives and does so. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to watch and learn from her .

  • Kris Mamaril, B.Sc. Psych - Director of Rehab Support Services for Galit Liffshiz & Associates says:

    Stacey’s behavioural modification techniques and constant professionalism are truly second to none. I have known her for over 15 years and she continues to remain just as passionate today, as she was when we started working together in 2001. Whether she is helping survivours self monitor their behaviour, scheduling weekly activities, or helping families learn to adjust how they interact with their loved one…Stacey does whatever she can to reinforce positive change and create a positive experience. She is an excellent advocate for her client’s and their families. I actively recommend her services to brain injury survivours, families, and colleagues on a regular basis.

  • Rhona Feldt-Stein, HBSc. (OT), OT, Reg. Ont. says:

    It has been my extreme priviledge to have worked with Behavioural Therapist and Specialist, Stacey Levine for these many years.

    Stacey is the consomate professional who approaches each client with a caring, unbiased, knowledgeable and proactive attitude. Stacey is a responsible and skilled team member, who works to ensure that she has all the information required before formulating her treatment plan to guarantee that she can meet the goals and needs of her client. By doing so, she is also able to assist other team members in reaching their goals as well.

    Stacey’s education in psychology, behaviour management and intensive behavioural intervention as well as her roll as Senior Behaviour Therapist at Applied Behavioural Consulting Services; Program Coordinator at Leaps and Bounds; Behaviour Therapist at Toronto Rehab., Director/Owner of Learning Tools Behavioural Consulting, and now Owner of Journey Rehabilitation provides her with the knowledge, skills and approaches to best meet the needs and success of her clients. Stacey has the unique ability to integrate specific therapeutic interventions provided by other team members in her client sessions to promote continuity of care, thereby enhancing optimal outcomes for her clients. Her communication skills are concise, meaningful and to the point when informing other team members of concerns, progress and important changes.

    As an Occupational Therapist who has assessed and treated children for almost 40 years, I have worked with many professionals. It is rare to find the passion, organizational skills, knowledge, commitment and tenacity that I have found in Stacey Levine. It has been a true honour to work with her. I personally, am a better therapist for having been part of the treatment teams who have worked with her.

    I am MORE than pleased and honoured to support the nomination of the very deserving Stacey Levine for Health Care Provider of the Year.

  • Rasha Masad, Registered Social Service Worker says:

    I have had the privilege of working on files with Stacey Levine over the last ten years. Her approach with assessments, treatment plans and protocols are so individualized and detailed, it’s evident not only is Stacey passionate about this field, but is also extremely knowledgeable and experienced. This attention to detail and individualized approach has helped some of the most challenging clients reach their goals. Crisis intervention and de-escalation are extremely challenging aspects of this field, but from my observations and experience, these are Stacey’s strengths.

    Stacey has an exceptional ability to not only provide excellent service to her clients and their families, she also works well with and supports the team, ensuring consistency and competency among other providers. Stacey goes above and beyond, she is the person I go to when I feel one of my clients has hit a roadblock. Her suggestions have always proven successful. I am extremely happy and not at all surprised that Stacey has been nominated for health care provider of the year. In my personal and professional opinion, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the award.

  • Ellen Burk says:

    I am writing this letter in support of Ms. Stacey Levine with great enthusiasm. I believe her to be one of the strongest and most supportive therapists my daughter has ever experienced. She has not only been available as a therapist for my daughter but also a support to my family.

    Stacey is readily available to discuss and brainstorm solutions and strategies to prevent and/or work thru crisis situations. She is an integral part of my daughter’s support system team and keeps in regular contact with all providers such as her case manager, psychiatrist and family doctor. When my daughter is hospitalized, she attends meetings and sessions at the hospital, offering continuity to my daughters care and always being a strong advocate to support her needs.

    Stacey’s extensive knowledge offers her the ability to share and teach other providers how to manage my daughter’s multitude of very complex issues. She brainstorms creative ways to constantly try to keep my daughter focused and moving forward.

    Stacey’s approach to working with a brain injury in combination with many other complex disorders makes her an incredible therapist. She has taught me so many new and exciting ways to cope with my daughter’s issues.

    I cannot imagine a person more deserving of this Award of Excellence.

  • Greg Noack, Rehabilitation Therapist: NC+NP - Toronto Rehab - University Health Network says:

    I first met Stacey Levine in 2002. I was an occupational therapy assistant and she was a rehabilitation therapist at Toronto Rehab. We both worked with the brain injury population. I observed how caring and empathetic she was to patients and their loved ones. I was even more impressed with how she extinguished and then guided her patients through behaviors brought on by brain injury.

    In 2005 I became a rehabilitation therapist in part to work alongside Stacey and learn from her. I was fortunate to work with her for 5 years, learning tremendously from her and also seeing what a great team player she is. I was saddened she left but this sadness turned to happiness and hope for persons with a brain injury as she created and runs her own company, Journey Rehabilitation.

    Journey helps those with brain injury in the community outside the hospital setting. I was not only happy for Stacey and the ongoing success for her and Journey but hopeful for persons with a brain injury.

    I always was concerned with what happened to the patients I worked with after discharge from Toronto Rehab and now that I know someone like Stacey is out there to help them sets my mind at ease. Stacey is a genuine, thoughtful, and compassionate clinician and is deserving of OBIA’s Health Care Provider of the year.

  • Darcy says:

    Stacey is in a league of her own when it comes to caring for the well being of her clients. Stacey treats her clients like family going well out of her way to make them feel comfortable and secure. Stacey is compassionate and a calming influence to patients and their families. Clients will make a much better recovery with Stacey on their team.

  • Randi & Elliot Greenberg says:

    I am so happy to have this opportunity to briefly share my feelings and thoughts about Stacey Levine.

    Stacey has been a part of our lives for over 10 years, and in that time, we have gotten to know her on
    both a personal and a professional level. In both domains, Stacey has proven time and time again, that
    she stands out as an exceptionally talented therapist, superb coordinator, and an incredibly kind,
    generous, highly intelligent, resourceful, and devoted human being.

    My son started off with Stacey as an overly anxious, highly behavioral little boy who couldn’t talk or
    express himself at all. His frustration was palpable and his lack of language was profound. However,
    through Stacey’s intense one to one work with him as well her coordinating and thorough training of the
    therapists on her team, my son has overcome so many of his disabilities. He now talks non- stop and he
    still continues to flourish and develop every day….

    Stacey deserves to be recognized as an outstanding therapist, coordinator and in my opinion, and most
    importantly, a wonderful, one of a kind, human being.

    We will be forever grateful for Stacey’s belief in our son, and her unbridled commitment to his
    developmental growth on all fronts. And we will always appreciate the support and attention she not
    only gave our son, but as well, to my husband and myself, as we navigated through some of our most
    challenging years.

    Thank you again for this opportunity to show our appreciation for an outstanding individual

    – Stacey Levine, and we wish you all the best in your ultimate choice.

  • Jason Arkwell says:

    My name is Jason Arkwell and I’ve worked with Stacey over the last few years. She truly is one of the greatest people I have ever met. She has a very warm heart and a kind personality. She has never been judgemental of me in any way. I can say with certainty that her being around has literally changed my life in the best way possible. That may sound over the top but praise does not come easy with me and I cannot say enough good things about her. She even came to help me get my dog to the vet hospital when he was hurt, and that was also after her work which I’m sure she would have rather been at home with her family. She is always professional and goes above and beyond her role as a behavioral therapist to help people. I’ve met a lot of therapists who will say whatever you want to hear to get you to sign the ocf thing but then the treatment ends up being not all that great. With Stacy she just tells it like it is and doesnt make promises she can’t keep. I really do think she is the best therapist out there to work with someone like me who has a lot of anger, trust issues and other issues because of a head injury.

    I consider Stacey a dear friend and would highly recommend her for people who need help with serious brain injuries and the related problems that come along with it.

  • Cathie Percival, MSW, RSW - Social Worker, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Program, Toronto Rehab Institute (UHN) says:

    I worked with Stacey for several years 2003-2010 when she was a rehab therapist in our in-patient ABI rehab program. For many reasons, Stacey stands out in my mind as one of the most creative, hard-working, flexible and innovative staff I have ever worked with.

    To give three examples among many, on one occasion, Stacey was working with an unfortunate patient who had sustained severe traumatic head injuries and was blind and cognitively impaired. He had little understanding of his life situation and was disoriented and confused. As he left his room one weekend morning in a state of undress and flailing about, Stacey was able to calmly and compassionately join him as he walked down the hall and persuade him to go back to his room with her, where she helped him get ready for his day. Given that our patient was a large angry confused man and Stacey is a small woman, I think her actions took enormous courage and understanding of this patient’s plight.

    Secondly, Stacey was always ready to be imaginative in her work at Toronto Rehab and on another occasion, provided outreach to one of our patients in order to assist her to prepare for her discharge to home alone. Stacey’s calm presence and ability to engage our patient in preparing for a safe, step-by-step transition to independent living was typical of her willingness to expand her role in order to help others.

    The third example is a little different and speaks to Stacey’s willingness to volunteer her help in any way possible. Because one of her many other skills is as a professional make-up artist, Stacey offered ( long after she left Toronto Rehab to start her own business) to help a young patient who had been in a snowmobile accident and was experiencing many losses, including the opportunity to look and feel pretty as she had been before the accident. Stacey provided her with a make-up lesson that really changed the way she felt about herself and was responsible for a new outlook for this seriously injured 21 year old.

    I hope these examples will illustrate my reasons for strongly endorsing Stacey’s nomination for service provider of the year.

  • Susan Elworthy says:

    I am writing in reference to Stacey Koffman who I have known for eighteen years. Stacey first started working with my son Sean in 1999 as a junior behaviour therapist. Sean is autistic and has a developmental delay. Stacey was involved with his home program in a number of different roles. Stacey has worked for us as a junior therapist, a senior therapist and a program consultant. In each of these roles Stacy has done an outstanding job, and has been responsible for helping our son reach his full potential.

    When Sean was in kindergarten Stacey would sometimes go to school with him. The school was not receptive to having an outside ‘assistant’ in the classroom. Eventually Stacey won them over and was able to facilitate Sean’s introduction into the classroom environment. As time went on Stacy was able to teach Sean things that most people would have missed: smiling at someone that smiles at you, learning to put your hand up at circle time, teaching him the rules of simple games at home so he could join in when he was at school, learning the language of play. Stacey took none of this for granted, and even though she was a junior therapist at the time, she went out of her way to ensure that every minute of Sean’s time at school was an opportunity to learn valuable social and play skills with his same age peers. Stacey had a knack for getting results and making programs fun and engaging. She even initiated a mock school program at home involving his sister and several kids from the neighborhood. Stacey would run a circle time with this group of kids and Sean and use this as an opportunity to practice the same circle time routine that was happening at Sean’s school. She taught him how to listen, attend to others (not just the teacher but to his peers too), and to participate. We were floored by both her initiative and her creativity. I always said that Sean was one of the hardest working five years olds I knew. After a morning at school and a lunch break he’d be back at work again in his room with Stacey. But he didn’t know he was working, Stacey made Sean’s programs so fun and engaging that even the neighborhood kids would ask when they could come back.

    As Stacey grew in her professional skills she took on the role of our senior therapist for Sean’s program without any hesitation. Sometimes people can get complacent, especially when they work with a child like Sean, he had no aggressive behaviours to address. I’ve heard from other parents that sometimes they need to give the therapists a push. This was never the case with Stacey. If anything she was always the one pushing us along telling us that she believed Sean had so much potential. I thank God for Stacey’s tenacity and determination. She saw his potential and never gave up. She made sure that the people she supervised for us also never gave up and ensured they were doing a great job.

    Eventually, Stacey became our program consultant and was designing the programs, reviewing the data and setting the goal lines for Sean. Again, we experienced nothing but professionalism from Stacey. As a consultant she made sure that we understood the programs she was designing for Sean. She also asked us what our goals for Sean were and added these to his program. In addition Stacey took the time to teach us how to get the best results from Sean so that we were able to continue with these goals and reinforce them properly after all the professionals went home.

    I have never doubted for a moment that Stacey in all her roles has had anything but Sean’s best interests at heart. Over the years she has become like a member of our family. She is one of the most dedicated, determined and hardworking individuals we have had the pleasure to know. Although Stacey no longer works with Sean she still makes an effort to see him and include him in her life. He is 22 now and thinks of Stacey as a friend. The fact that Sean sees Stacey as a friend is a tribute to her skills. She has always made their time together engaging and enjoyable, he hardly knew that he was learning (but believe me he was), Sean knows that Stacey truly cares for him, she respects him, is proud of him and has never condescended to him or treated him as ‘less than’.

    Thanks to Stacey’s professional knowledge, skills, wonderful spirit, and pure dedication Sean has become someone who is fully engaged in his community. He goes to school, works part time, and volunteers at a nursing home. He is now a very social person who genuinely enjoys to talking to people, and hanging out with family and friends. He has enjoys lots of hobbies and interests that Stacey has either introduced him to or helped to facilitate his participation.

    Stacey has been a gift to us. For so many years she was the driving force behind his home program. Without her I have no idea how much Sean would have missed out on. She taught him to read and write, to tie his shoes, to look people in the eye, to enjoy simple everyday things most people take for granted such as going to a restaurant and not covering your ears because it was too noisy. Writing this and thinking of all that Stacey has done for Sean, and how much our life as a family has been enriched because of her excellent work makes me feel so grateful for Stacey! Personally I don’t think there is anyone more deserving of this award than Stacey, but I’m biased, she gave us our son back from a disorder that threatened to shut him into a very narrow and closed off life.

  • Carol says:

    We are very honoured to have Stacey Levine in my husband’s rehab team. She has been working with my husband for almost a year. She continues to come up with ideas and plans to support our family. She is a finger away when a crisis arises. She shows us that everything is possible as long as you have the right attitude. We attended the caregiver workshop last year where she was one of the speakers. We were so impressed on how she handled each sensitive situations with passion, care and the right suggestions. A great leader’s courage to fulfill her vision comes from passion. Stacey is very passionate and enthusiastic towards her work. She really deserves the best health caregiver award for the year 2017.

  • Gila Karp, NeuroActive Physiotherapy says:

    There are a number of people who touch our clients’ lives at certain points along their journey of rehabilitation. When Stacey Levine enters the lives of her clients, they are forever changed and forever grateful for having met her, and for the growth she has helped them achieve behaviourally, cognitively, physically, and personally.

    Stacey’s gift lies in her absolute passion and commitment to her clients. She has developed an arsenal to deal with the joys, the sorrows, and everyday challenges that her clients face in their lives following a life-changing injury. In the many years that I have worked with Stacey, I have come to value and appreciate her expertise, insight, empathy and true dedication to the ABI profession. She has been extremely valuable in helping her clients identify and build on their strengths. With her support, her clients have learned how to target areas to work on, allowing for personal growth and recovery.

    Stacey is an integral part of any team that supports clients in their quest for a healthy mind, body and spirit. I always highly recommend Stacey without reservation, as she has been vital in helping her clients return to function and embrace new beginnings.

  • Alison Burrison says:

    I am writing to you about Stacey Levine, who has been nominated for the 2017 Awards of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation in the category of Health Care Provider of the Year.

    I have worked with Stacey on numerous occasions involving my paediatric clients. Stacey is professional, knowledgeable, and very approachable. She is able to connect immediately with my clients, who at times are resistant to accepting any therapy or opening up to others about their issues. Stacey also works very well with the treatment team, parents and teachers to make sure everyone is working together to achieve the goals that are in the best interest f the child.

    I frequently recommend Stacey to many of my clients and people within the community, who are looking for a child or youth therapist. This nomination for health care provider of the year is well deserved.

  • Myra Sourkes says:

    I am writing to tell you why I believe that Stacey Levine is deserving of the Health Care Provider of the Year Award from the Ontario Brain Injury Association.

    I have known Stacey Levine for over 15 years.  During that time, she has been the behavior therapist supervising interventions for my two sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays, who are now young adults.  Stacey has been and continues to be an invaluable member of our team.
     
    Stacey’s behavioral interventions with my sons have been very effective over the years.  She has a completely individualized approach to her work with them, always recognizing their particular issues, never using “a one-size-fits-all” approach.  She is consistent yet flexible, and has repeatedly modified the interventions to meet their changing needs as they have grown.  She is generous with her time.  She is very personable and my sons like her and look forward to her visits; they also respect her and know that her word is to be followed.  

    She is an effective supervisor of the support workers who work with my sons, and her advice is always appreciated.  She has provided sensitive and wise counsel to my husband and me on many occasions during difficult times with my sons.  She has participated in many group discussions at my sons’ schools, day programs and leisure groups, and has been creative and skillful in these settings.  She is respectful of other points of view, and is diplomatic, while at the same time being quietly forceful about her own point of view.  Her advice has almost invariably turned out to be the best approach.

    In my professional life, I am a neurologist, and I work with people who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.  I know that all the qualities and skills which I have outlined above in describing Stacey Levine’s work with my children are equally pertinent in the rehabilitation of people with traumatic brain injuries.  Thus, from both my personal and professional vantage points, I strongly and without reservation recommend Stacey Levine, an outstanding health care provider, for the Health Care Provider of the Year Award.

  • Randi & Elliot Greenberg says:

    I am so happy to have this opportunity to briefly share my feelings and thoughts about Stacey Levine.

    Stacey has been a part of our lives for over 10 years, and in that time, we have gotten to know her on both a personal and a professional level. In both domains, Stacey has proven time and time again, that she stands out as an exceptionally talented therapist, superb coordinator, and an incredibly kind, generous, highly intelligent, resourceful, and devoted human being.

    My son started off with Stacey as an overly anxious, highly behavioral little boy who couldn’t talk or express himself at all. His frustration was palpable and his lack of language was profound. However, through Stacey’s intense one to one work with him as well her coordinating and thorough training of the therapists on her team, my son has overcome so many of his disabilities. He now talks non- stop and he still continues to flourish and develop every day….

    Stacey deserves to be recognized as an outstanding therapist, coordinator and in my opinion, and most importantly, a wonderful, one of a kind, human being.

    We will be forever grateful for Stacey’s belief in our son, and her unbridled commitment to his developmental growth on all fronts. And we will always appreciate the support and attention she not only gave our son, but as well, to my husband and myself, as we navigated through some of our most challenging years.

    Thank you again for this opportunity to show our appreciation for an outstanding individual-Stacey Levine, and we wish you all the best in your ultimate choice.

  • Ellie Lapowich says:

    I have known and worked with Stacey for many years. During that time, I have come to recognize what an incredibly skilled therapist she is, and truly appreciate her warm, caring, and dedicated nature.. Stacey has done amazing work on many of my files, especially with clients who have complex needs, and those requiring intensive behavioural intervention. There have been times on my files where the client is struggling with a specific issue, and is having difficulty moving forward. It is in these instances that Stacey’s intervention has been incredibly effective an invaluable, both in helping clients move towards their goals, and in providing tools and strategies to the rest of the team to help this individual to progress. I am grateful to work with Stacey, and know that she has touched the lives of many clients with whom she has worked.

  • Nancy Dinnigan-Prashad and Dev Prashad says:

    On behalf of my husband and myself, I’m writing in support of Stacey Levine as Health Care Provider of the Year.

    Stacey is a Behaviour Therapist and it turns out that this can mean more than we thought it did. We did not want a behaviour therapist on our son’s team. We thought it was unnecessary and were concerned about the way in which he and others were likely to perceive it. But after researching those suggested, we cautiously agreed to consider Stacey Levine, and only her.

    It was clear to us that changes were needed in our son’s overall plan; we felt that some people were taking the wrong approach and we could see our son was frustrated. He sustained a severe traumatic brain injury 3 1/2 years ago. While his intelligence is essentially unaffected, motivation and other executive and cognitive functions are very much impacted. His team had reached a plateau, with no progress being made. He had lost interest in activities and in leaving the house; things were regressing. We didn’t realize Stacey would help with this. As we discovered, Stacey focused more on the team’s behaviour than his. Up to now, we’ve never told him she’s a behaviour therapist and neither has she.

    Stacey meets with our son weekly for coffee and they discuss how things are going, what he thinks and what he was/is/could be interested in.  She takes him seriously and while friendly, is always very professional. He in turn takes her seriously and trusts her, which is not a given.  He looks forward to their outings; these serve multiple purposes. He anticipates going out, has to get ready within a certain time frame, must leave his safe space (the house), can use normal social skills in public, and is seen by others in a normal setting with pleasant company. As he was previously a popular and very socially inclined person, this must surely help him to feel as if life is a bit more normal.

    Stacey is observant. She listens well and pays attention. Soon after she joined the team, the team’s approach began to change.  She trained and guided them, providing written instructions for professional and respectful interaction and creating reporting sheets that were more effective and simpler to use.  She works in complete cooperation with us, consults and communicates with us while maintaining the confidentiality of her discussions with our son. We have mutually agreed on changing staff who were not a good fit.  And from the beginning, she advocated with the insurer and others over a wrong decision that was holding back our son’s progress.

    Since she started working with him and taking him out weekly, he has become willing to participate in activities with other therapists, including a weekly day at the gym that has now become two days a week at the gym and often a third day for eating out, golf or billiards. Everyone has remarked on, and been heartened by the improvement.  Stacey is quietly and confidently very good at what she does. One of the other registered therapists commented, “Stacey thinks of things that I wouldn’t think of until later or wouldn’t think of at all”.  She is an invaluable part of our son’s care and we are grateful for her presence.

  • Nicole Galeotalanza says:

    As a case manager, I have had the pleasure of working with Stacey Levine over a number of years on many challenging cases. I am thrilled to hear of Stacey’s nomination and believe she truly deserves to be recognized for her outstanding work and commitment to clients and their families. Congratulations to Stacey for a well-deserved nomination. Stacey certainly has my vote for health care provider of the year.

  • Carlo Gon says:

    I am writing in support of Stacey Levine. My son was 3 months old when he had a catastrophic head injury from a driver who was adjusting his car radio, didn’t see we were stopped behind a stalled vehicle… my son has ongoing issues because he suffered a frontal lobe injury.

    My son didn’t give in to Stacey in the beginning. It was definitely a challenge for her…. which, I thought anyways. However, after just a few visits, Stacey already had Ashton figured out to the point she can have him having an episode, she will be able to interact and intervene and have him reversed and talk with her… WOW!!!

    My son’s behavior took a whole new level of positive reinforcement and they talk and do activities together.

    Some days were more challenging than others. However, throughout the ongoing sessions with Stacey, which still continue, my son’s behavior is 110 percent better at home and with others.

    He can now easily make friends, play and interact with others easily. There is some immaturity, at times, which will continue to be worked on. However, the change is definitely noticed. Not just with us, the parents. We hear it from feedbacks from his school, extra curricular activities and with family members too.

    I can’t emphasize enough, how much of a transition and positive change she made to my son. How much time and patience she puts into her work. The dedication she gives to your child.
    I have seen other providers. They stick to one idea. Stacey already has a back-up plan in place. She gives feedback and ideas and tells parents what to do to help as well. So, with everyone doing the same plan Stacey has, there is one direction my child can go. There are no ways he can manipulate though he tried.

    The transformation in a short period of time makes any time together, a pleasure, not a challenge. Going out in public is fun, not an embarrassment! We can now talk with our son and he interacts with us. It is not a one direction conversation. Now, an ongoing, joyful one!

    Thank you, Stacey. You know how grateful we are. If you didn’t… hopefully now you do.

    Your work is not over, however, it is always appreciated and you have done so much already. As you know, your feedback is always appreciated and we work together. It works. By working together and taking what Stacey tells us to do and follow and implement her strategies… not ignoring them is key!

    Stacey gets our kids involved, and the parents involved. It’s a strategy which works.

    Thanks once again for your time and dedication. What you do and did for us will always be appreciated and never forgotten.

    Always,
    Carlo Gon

  • Craig Miller says:

    I first met Stacey in 2002 when she started at Toronto Rehab as a fellow Rehabilitation Therapist on the ABI inpatient unit. One thing I noticed about her then remains true today; she is not one to shy away from a challenge – ever. Rather, her focus is on what the client needs and how she can help them meet those needs. With outside-the-box thinking and a lot of hard work, Stacey continues to deliver high quality services to those whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or trauma. Personally, I know I am a better therapist from having worked along side Stacey and I was very pleased to see that Stacey, at this mid-point in her career, was getting the recognition she has earned, time and time again.

  • Kate Moore says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Stacey at Toronto Rehab and have known her for the past 12 years. Stacey is a dedicated behaviour therapist who has very strong clinical skills. Her calm, confident and supportive demeanor puts her clients and their families at ease. I have seen Stacey work in some very challenging situations and be successful in supporting her clients. She truly cares and has a great deal of compassion for her clients and will go the extra mile to support them time and time again. She is always willing to collaborate with other service provides to provide the best quality care to those she supports.
    Congratulations on your nomination Stacey. You have my vote!

  • Trisha Di Caro says:

    When Stacey and I started Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy, our goal was to follow those patients we worked with in the hospital type setting out into the community where we knew we were needed the most. We stood firm on our belief that if we continued to honour our clients needs and goals with the individual approach that each unique case requires and continue to love what we do, our journey would be a successful one. Stacey is a one of a kind person who is brilliant, a master at her craft and an inspiration. I am so honoured to work along side her and so proud of her for getting the recognition she truly deserves.

  • Susan Warner says:

    I have been working with Stacey this past year on a very complex case. Stacey has proven to be an invaluable colleague, advocating for the client while trying to work within a strained system of care. Stacey understands the need for communication, respect and giving the extra mile for her client and team when needed. Those constant extras help her be successful and obtain positive results for her clients/family and their stability. It is my pleasure to nominate this incredible therapist with a huge heart, driven to serve those in need.

  • Rachel Burk says:

     
    I am so excited Stacey has been nominated and that is why I am writing this letter. I have had the privilege of working with Stacey, as my Behavior Therapist regularly for a long time.   I have had many other therapists in the past but no one like Stacey. Stacey has proven to me that she will never give up on my like so many other professionals have. She sees potential in me. She treats me as a person, with respect and kindness. She is my biggest cheerleader and supporter along with the rest of my team.
     
    She is so compassionate and full of positive energy that radiates from her.  
    She is optimistic and always sees the good in everything. She has taught me strategies and skills to help me better myself. It’s not always easy to do what’s recommended but I know there is always a reason why Stacey has me do certain things. She wants to help me and teach me the skills I need to be more independent and less reliant on my support team.
     
    When I come to Stacey with a suggestion or a new idea or something I want to try, she always listens to me and is very open.
     
    I feel Stacey is a team player. She works well with the rest of the members on my team such as a case manager, family doctor, psychiatrist, and my parents. Stacey communicates with the necessary people when needed.
     
    I believe everything she does for me is in my best interest even though at the time I may not see it and disagree. She goes above and beyond for me. She keeps in touch with me between sessions providing extra support- sometimes encouraging me and motivating me and reminding me that we are a team and that I have to work just as hard as she works.
     
    She checks in on me when I’m not doing well, providing me with hope and always reminds me things will get better, it won’t last forever. She checks in on me to make sure I’m continuing to follow the plan and recommendations.
     
    Stacey has a special way of getting through to me when no one else can. I have trust issues and I will try so hard to not let people get close to me. I will do anything in order for that not to happen including pushing the limits, crossing boundaries and saying horrible things. I tried this with Stacey pulling stunts and thought Stacey would be the same as everyone else and just give up and stop working with me.  As hard as I tried, it never worked and Stacey stuck around.
    She works effortlessly and is dedicated to helping her clients
     
    She truly cares and believes in what she is doing. She is providing clients the opportunity to better themselves and their lives no matter what challenges they are facing.
     
    I am so excited Stacey has been nominated and she is so deserving of this award.
     Z

  • Rachel Burk says:

     
    I am so excited Stacey has been nominated and that is why I am writing this letter. I have had the privilege of working with Stacey, as my Behavior Therapist regularly for a long time.   I have had many other therapists in the past but no one like Stacey. Stacey has proven to me that she will never give up on my like so many other professionals have. She sees potential in me. She treats me as a person, with respect and kindness. She is my biggest cheerleader and supporter along with the rest of my team.
     
    She is so compassionate and full of positive energy that radiates from her.  
    She is optimistic and always sees the good in everything. She has taught me strategies and skills to help me better myself. It’s not always easy to do what’s recommended but I know there is always a reason why Stacey has me do certain things. She wants to help me and teach me the skills I need to be more independent and less reliant on my support team.
     
    When I come to Stacey with a suggestion or a new idea or something I want to try, she always listens to me and is very open.
     
    I feel Stacey is a team player. She works well with the rest of the members on my team such as a case manager, family doctor, psychiatrist, and my parents. Stacey communicates with the necessary people when needed.
     
    I believe everything she does for me is in my best interest even though at the time I may not see it and disagree. She goes above and beyond for me. She keeps in touch with me between sessions providing extra support- sometimes encouraging me and motivating me and reminding me that we are a team and that I have to work just as hard as she works.
     
    She checks in on me when I’m not doing well, providing me with hope and always reminds me things will get better, it won’t last forever. She checks in on me to make sure I’m continuing to follow the plan and recommendations.
     
    Stacey has a special way of getting through to me when no one else can. I have trust issues and I will try so hard to not let people get close to me. I will do anything in order for that not to happen including pushing the limits, crossing boundaries and saying horrible things. I tried this with Stacey pulling stunts and thought Stacey would be the same as everyone else and just give up and stop working with me.  As hard as I tried, it never worked and Stacey stuck around.
    She works effortlessly and is dedicated to helping her clients
     
    She truly cares and believes in what she is doing. She is providing clients the opportunity to better themselves and their lives no matter what challenges they are facing.
     
    I am so excited Stacey has been nominated and she is so deserving of this award.

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